NZFC - Round 14
Sunday 1 March, 2009
Luis Corrales 30
Steven Holloway 80
Halftime: 1-0 Referee: Kevin Stoltenkamp Crowd:
by Gordon Irving at Newtown Park
Team Wellington timed their run to the New Zealand Football Championship play offs perfectly, sealing their position with a comfortable 4-1 win over Waikato at a blustery Newtown Park this afternoon.
Needing to beat Waikato to secure their berth, Team Wellington took the lead on the half hour mark with another crisp finish from the league’s top scorer Luis Corrales.
It was a lead that was just about deserved by Wellington as winger Brian Little had earlier squandered two relatively straight forward chances giving Waikato a sniff that they could perhaps sneak something.
The visitors weren’t without their chances as well. Stu Watene had a couple of decent efforts but either wasteful finishing or good goalkeeping from veteran Team Wellington keeper James Bannatyne kept them scoreless.
The second half was an exciting affair. Team Wellington went looking for that second goal that would kill off Waikato’s hopes while Waikato applied the pressure at the other end looking to get back into the match.
But the game swung Wellington’s way in the 68th minute when Andy Barron was brought down in the box by Waikato keeper Greg Walters.
It was a clear cut penalty and the referee had little option but to show Walters a red card for denying Barron a clear cut scoring opportunity.
Waikato then sacrificed their captain Graeme Pearce to put on reserve keeper Jason Mann, but Mann could do nothing to prevent Adam Birch converting the spot kick and give Wellington a handy two goal and one man advantage.
Straight away the game was over as Brian Little converted an easy chance after being set up by Luis Corrales.
Waikato were awarded their own penalty in the 81st minute. James Bannatyne saved Stu Hogg’s first effort but Steven Holloway was on hand to run in the rebound.
Andy Barron sealed the game for Wellington with five minutes remaining as he blasted home an effort from ten metres.
Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs was naturally happy with the result.
"I could try and pick holes in the performance and perhaps in the first half our passing wasn’t as crisp as I would have liked but all in all we set ourselves a good platform."
"We defended extremely well and Karl (Whalen) and Peter (Howe) had great games because Waikato are a good side and capable of causing you problems."
The result leaves Wellington in fourth spot and a home and away play off with top side Waitakere. The prospect of playing the defending champions doesn’t appear to faze Jacobs.
"We’re coming into form now and the last few weeks have been must win games for us so I think we’re the form team in the competition and the others should be scared of us."
Team Wellington will face Waitakere at Newtown Park in a fortnight with the return leg in Auckland a week later.
Photos: Marty Melville
24. James Bannatyne
19. Greg Walters (GK)
3. Steve Gulley
2. Joel Mathews
6. Michael Pickering
3. Ben Hunt
7. Sam Blackburn (out 60)
4. Graeme Pearce
8. Peter Howe
7. Joe Simpkins
10. Luis Corrales
10. Stu Hogg
11. Bryan Little
13. Shaun van Rooyen
12. Andy Barron
14. Craig Wylie
13. Karl Whalen
18. Nik Robson
14. Sam Jenkins (out 60)
23. Stu Watene
22. Adam Birch
25. Nathan Strom
1. Phil Imray
1. Jason Mann (RGK) (in 69)
5. Michael Eager (in 60)
9. Marco Rojas (in 52)
16. Pedro Garcias
11. Steven Holloway (in 52)
18. Peter Halstead (in 60)
12. Mike Walters
21. Tim Schaffers
16. Sam Margetts
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to Newtown Park for this crucial final round match in the NZFC. Both Team Wellington and Waikato can make the play offs with a win and both will miss out with a loss, so it should be a cracker.
The weather is fine and sunny after heavy rain yesterday but there is a blustery wind at Newtown and that could provide headaches for keepers and thrills and spills for the spectators. Bring it on!!!
A small techinical glitch has hit the broadcast booth at Newtwon Park. Updates may be a little slower to begin with but we'll be back up-and-running asap.
10' it's an even encounter between two closely matched sides. TW have had the best chance so far as Blackburn rolled the ball across goal but no one in a black shirt to turn it home.
TW are playing towards the zoo end in this first half and the wind is causing a few problems as it's a real swirler
20' Bryan Little is put through, but that's a bad miss
25' good save by Bannatyne using his legs as Watene again finds space in the box
29' blistering shot from Andy Barron from outside the box but always climbing over Walters' bar
30' GOAL!! And it's that man Corrales, as he's put in behind the Waikato defence and his pace gets him to the ball ahead of Walters and from an acute angle he steers it into the net 1-0 Team Wellington and probably just about deserved
36' TW stroking the ball around with confidence but Waikato still pose a threat on attack, they just need to find their shooting boots
38' that should have been two. Brian Little pounces on a defensive mistake and jinks past two defenders but his shot is weak and easily smothered by Walters. Little knows he should have done better
44' injury to Waikato's Joel Matthews just outside the Wellington area. He was caught in a crunching tackle and has been down for a fair while. He's holding his head so he must have cracked it on the ground but he's gone to the sideline for attention
HALFTIME at Newtown Park and TW lead 1-0. They have had their chances but have failed to extend their lead and Waikato look a threat on the break
TW are out for the start of the second half and they wil know that Hawkes Bay has beaten Otago to move above them on the table at this point. So TW and Waikato know that if they win they're into the play offs but a draw will see them both drop out of the running
46' we're underway and straight away Little is in behind Waikato down the left wing and his cross is almost turned in by Blackburn. Good start from the home side
53' double sub for Waikato as Hunt and Watene come off and are replaced by Marco Rojas and Steven Holloway
56' good attempt from Waikato's Craig Wylie from a free kick on the edge of the Wellington area his shot is turned over by Bannatyne and from the corner Graham Pearce skies his shot over the bar. Waikato are threatening.
60' what a miss by Corrales as Andy Barron sizes up the cross and Corrales gets a touch from inside the six yard box but his shot drifts wide. Will that be costly?
61' double sub for TW as Blackburn and Jenkins come off to be replaced by Peter Halstead and Michael Eager.
62' Corrales is through with just Walters to beat, but the big Waikato keeper doers superbly by getting down and getting a hand on the ball to take it away from Corrales. Another good chance for TW
64' It's a really open encounter now as TW go looking for a killer goal and Waikato try to get back into it. It's a good match I reckon there's more goals in this
65' another great effort from Wyllie as the ball drops to him 30 metres from goal and he connects well but it's deflected for a corner
68' PENALTY TO TW and Waikato keeper Walters is sent off for tripping Andy Barron who was taking the ball round him
Waikato captain Graeme Pearce is subbed for reserve keeper Jason Mann and Adam Birch to take the penalty for TW.......
70' GOAL!! 2-0 to TW as Birch slides the penalty into the corner of the net. That should be enough now for TW with Waikato down to ten men
73' GOAL!!! 3-0. It's all over now for Waikato as Brian Little strokes the third home for TW after being set up in plenty of space by Corrales
80' the game is just coasting now. TW have done the business and Waikato's heads are down but what's this ????? It's a penalty to Waikato for a clumsy foul....Stu Hogg's penalty is saved by Banntyne but Holloway is on hand to turn home the rebound.
85' GOAL!! 4-1. That seals it for TW as Andy Barron crashes home a loose ball from ten metres
FULLTIME And TW are into the play offs they now just have to wait and see what happens in Palmerston North as to whether they finish in 3rd or 4th spot. But they have deserved today's win and will have the confidence to go on an beat whoever they meet in the play offs. 4-1 to TW